Carnival Corporation, through Carnival Foundation, is donating $2 million to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC).
The museum opened September 24 on the National Mall with a speech by President Barack Obama and a three-day festival called "Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration." In recognition of the gift, NMAAHC has designated Carnival Corporation a Founding Donor of the museum.
The 390,000-square-foot museum is located on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument. Its 12 inaugural exhibitions contain over 3,000 objects, covering topics ranging from military and sports history to performing arts to western and northern migration.
Each day of the three-day "Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration" had a theme: Friday was "Homecoming," Saturday was "Celebration" and Sunday was "Call and Response." The events and concerts highlighted music traditions such as jazz, R&B, gospel, folk, classical, New Orleans brass band, Afro-Latin jazz, and hip-hop.